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Obama to Uganda's President: Don't Sign Antigay Law

Obama to Uganda's President: Don't Sign Antigay Law

After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told lawmakers he was now going to sign the country's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would include life imprisonment for some LGBT people in that country, President Obama weighed in with strong concern.

According to Pink News, President Obama released a written statement Sunday admonishing that “enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality.”

He went even further to condem Museveni's actions.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda,” he said. “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.”

Tags: World, Uganda

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